Clonmel link to measles case confirmed in Cork

HSE warning issued

Clonmel link to measles case confirmed in Cork

The HSE has issued a warning that a Clonmel link has been identified in a case of measles confirmed in County Cork.

The HSE has issued a warning to the public that there is a possibility members of the public may have been exposed as the individual in question was in the Clonmel area at the end of July.(July 23-24th) and also over the Bank Holiday weekend (30th July-3rd August) easles is a highly infectious disease with young babies and those without the MMR vaccine most at risk.

A case of the virus has been confirmed in Mitchelstown in North Cork but it has emerged that the individual in question was also in the Clonmel area in recent weeks.

It's not possible to specifically identify all those who may have been exposed so the Health Service is issuing a general warning around the dates the case was in South Tipperary.

Symptoms of measles usually appear about 10 days after exposure and start with irritability, a runny nose, red eyes and a cough which can be mistaken for a cold- the rash develops after this while there may also be diarrhoea and vomiting.

Anybody who feels they may have been infected are asked to stay indoors and ring their GP - they also need to ensure visitors stay away to stop the possible spread of the virus.